Tweak of the Week: Troubleshooting your Stretchy Wrap

9 Jan

One of the most common things I help new mamas with is troubleshooting their Moby Wraps, or other stretchy wrap.  I have 2 tips that typically seem to help almost everyone who is having difficulty –

1. Don’t fold the wrap in half, no matter what the instructions say, lol!  More often than not, you’re going to get more support by wrapping with the full width of the wrap, it avoids the wrap becoming rope-y and uncomfortable, it provides better support for baby, AND…it’s tedious to fold THAT much fabric perfectly in half!

2. Pre-tie tighter than you think.  Stretchy wraps work to support baby’s weight (which, in turn, provides more comfort and support for you!) by stretching snuggly around baby and holding him or her close.  ESPECIALLY with newborns, tying tightly is key to avoiding dangerous and life-threatening positioning (when infants slump down chin to chest and cannot breathe properly).  With older babies, it’s the tightness that will help support the weight.  When pretying the wrap, make sure to take out the slack as you tie and think of the wrap feeling like a “fitted” t-shirt against your body.

Need a visual?  Here’s a video I made with 17 lb. darling daughter who is perfectly supported and comfortable.  I used the exact same method when she was a newborn, the wrap may have been a smidge tighter.  I always put legs through the cross and avoid legs in the pocket hold, as I always found that baby would continue to slump down and curly into a ball (as newborns will do) if his/her seat is not made and held by the cross passes going from knee to knee.

 

One Response to “Tweak of the Week: Troubleshooting your Stretchy Wrap”

  1. MG March 6, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    Thank you SO much for this. I don’t remember having an issue with my last baby but this one is 7 weeks old and I was really having a hard time keeping him secure in his Moby lately. He would totally hunch/flop over to one side now that he’s a little older/bigger. I have him in the way you showed here and it’s amazing. He’s secure, I’m comfortable. I’ve always folded over first and am SUPER picky about things not being twisted and bunched. Your way is so much better. It’s imperative that I can wear my baby as much as possible because he’s my 5th and I have a ton to keep up on. Thank you again, this is a life saver!

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